Over the years I have ridden 20 some odd horses, my family always had horses and I work for a trainer. I have owned 3 of my own which were all gimmes. I have been seriously riding for about two years now and barrel race. My old reliable horse is, well getting old. So recently I have been seriously shopping for a horse, I shop all the time just not with intent to buy. Now that there's money on the table and it's serious I feel sick. I didn't realize how much stress looking for a new horse could be. I'm terrified any horse I look at won't be "the one" and I'll make the wrong choice and won't be happy with my purchase. After all I have such a perfect relationship with my horse now I'm scared the new horse won't live up to that expectation.
I went and rode the first horse that I've considered buying and I really really liked him. He is pretty much at the level and age I'm looking for. The only draw back is he's a paint and I'm a sucker for sorrels with a big blaze. Do you take color into consideration when looking for the horse? Secondly he's the only horse I've tried and I don't want to be one of those people who buy the first thing they see. I'm going to ride him at least two more times and take a set of experienced eyes with me. To make sure I really like. The lady who owns him is really helpful and knows a lot of the same people I do. That's how I found out about him. She's not a horse trader and doesn't buy and sell horses for a living. I feel really comfortable with her and the horse is stunning, sweet, and shows a lot of potential. Ireally like him even if he's black and white.
Any tips or advice to help me on my endeavour?
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